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LIBRARIES ARE ESSENTIAL / AAPI
LIBRARIES ARE ESSENTIAL / AAPI
MONDAY, MAY 22
Livestreamed to a Virtual Audience
Libraries Are Essential
With the third annual Libraries Are Essential program, the U.S. Book Show once again acknowledges a simple fact: America’s libraries are more than just a key marketplace for publishers and authors, they are bedrock institutions, anchors in our communities, vital to the health of our democracy and society, and crucial to our reading and literary cultures.
Moderated by PW Senior Writer Andrew Richard Albanese, the 2023 Libraries Are Essential program will focus on two key issues facing the library community. The morning session will explore how librarians and freedom-to-read advocates can defeat this unprecedented assault on the freedom to read currently surging across the nation. And the afternoon session will look at what’s next for digital resources in public libraries as the pandemic gives way and a new normal begins to settle in.
The program will close with a keynote panel discussion about the central role young people will play in dismantling racism and injustice, featuring bestselling authors Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone, co-authors of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist, in conversation with Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina.
Book Banning in America: What’s Driving the Nationwide Surge in Book Bans—and How Freedom-to-Read Advocates Can WinThe unprecedented, politically motivated surge in book bans and attacks on the freedom to read continues to reach alarming new heights in communities across the nation. In this frank discussion, a group of politically savvy public advocates will explore how libraries and library supporters can push back—and win.
John ChrastkaJohn Chrastka is the Founder and Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first and only national political action committee for libraries. The organization works every election season to support dozens of local ballot initiatives across the country—and to support libraries in their defense of the freedom to read.
Kelly JensenKelly Jensen is a writer and editor for Book Riot. A former librarian, she has become one of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of the current wave of book bans and legislation threatening the freedom to read. Her weekly book censorship news column for Book Riot is a must-read.
Amanda JonesAmanda Jones is a veteran educator and school librarian and the 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year. Since she spoke up in defense of the freedom to read at her local library in 2022—and was subsequently attacked on social media—she has become one of the country’s most outspoken and effective defenders of the librarians and teachers standing up for the freedom to read.
Emily KnoxEmily Knox is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, author of the acclaimed Book Banning in 21st Century America, and board president at the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Raegan MillerRaegan Miller is the Director of Development and Finance for the Florida Freedom to Read Project, a grassroots organization committed to defending every student’s right to access information and ideas while at school. She is the mother of two children in public school in Florida, and has served as the Legislative Chair and VP of Advocacy for Pinellas County Council PTA.
Andrew Richard AlbanesePW senior writer Andrew Richard Albanese leads the magazine’s library coverage. Albanese has covered the publishing and information technology fields for more than 22 years and is a former associate editor of American history at Oxford University Press, a former editor at Library Journal, and author of The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-book Business Overnight.
|11:45 AM–12:00 PM
OverDrive In Conversation
Leveraging Flexible Content Access Models and Other Tools to Engage More Readers presented by OverDriveAs libraries respond to budget constraints, the demand for digital books continues to rise. As a result, publishers are offering more flexible terms and access models that provide better value for ebooks and audiobooks. This session brings together industry leaders on the forefront of digital library lending: expert librarians and a senior leader with the leading digital platform who will share their experiences with a variety of access models and their impact on circulation, as well as other strategies and tools that can effectively stretch the budget.
Kate MutchKate Mutch works at the Virtual Library of Wyoming.
Sandra BreedloveSandra Breedlove works at the Sonoma County Library in California.
Karen EstrovichKaren Estrovich is the senior manager of Public Library Digital Success teams at OverDrive.
Digital Trends: Three Years After the Pandemic Shutdowns Began, What Does the New Normal Look Like for Public Libraries?When Covid-19 forced the nation into lockdown three years ago, digital library resources hit stratospheric new levels—and so, too, did book sales. With the pandemic now over, what did we learn about library usage? What new pressures are libraries grappling with as we get back to some sense of “normal?” And is the library e-book market slipping back into a familiar, contentious place? This panel will bring together three leading digital directors to discuss what we learned about libraries during the pandemic and where things still need to go.
Edward MeltonEdward Melton is Executive Director of the Harris County Public Library, where he oversees 26 branch libraries serving nearly two million residents. In 2022, Harris County had the fourth most digital checkouts in the nation via OverDrive.
Ellen PaulEllen Paul is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, a non-profit membership group serving over 950 academic, public, school and special libraries across the state.
Lisa RosenblumLisa Rosenblum is director of the King County Library System (WA), one of the busiest library systems in the country. KCLS consistently ranks as one of the nation’s leaders in digital circulations and in 2022 had the second most digital checkouts in the nation via OverDrive.
Andrew Richard Albanese
Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone, in conversation with Nicole A. Cooke
Ibram X. KendiIbram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the Founding Director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, as well as five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored by Jason Reynolds. In 2021 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.
Photo credit: Janice Checchio
Nic StoneNic Stone is an Atlanta native, a Spelman College graduate, and the author of several bestselling books including her debut YA novel, Dear Martin, and her first middle-grade novel, Clean Getaway. She is also the author of Odd One Out, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection; Jackpot; Shuri: A Black Panther Novel; and Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin.
Nicole A. CookeNicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Cooke was awarded the ALA’s Equality award in 2016, and she was the 2019 ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She has edited and authored several books, including Information Services to Diverse Populations and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era.
AAPI Communities in Conversation
“AAPI Communities in Conversation,” featuring authors, creators and librarians. The special livestreaming event centers around Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices, books, cultures and experiences. The program is a collaborative effort from the University of South Carolina’s Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Penguin Random House Library Marketing.
Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada
2022–2023 ALA PresidentLessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada is the 2022–23 President of the American Library Association and Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California. She was the 2019–2022 Executive Director and 2016–2017 President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). She is a current board member of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature. In 2022 she received the American Library Association Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the advocacy category. Much of her work focuses on advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and librarianship. She lives in San Pedro, California with her poet husband, Chrisitan Hanz Lozada and their menagerie of pets.
A Conversation in the Kitchen
Indian Flavor Every DayMaya Kaimal is an award-winning cookbook author and founder of Maya Kaimal Foods. Her first book, Curried Favors, won the Julia Child First Book Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has appeared on Martha Stewart TV, the Food Network, and the Discovery Channel, and has written features for Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet magazines. Follow her on Twitter @MayaKaimalFoods.
Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Pang
A Very Chinese CookbookJeffrey Pang is a retired businessman in the import-export industry. He’s also an amateur YouTube chef whose Chinese cooking channel was featured in the New York Times Magazine in 2016. Jeffrey is the co-star of Hunger Pangs with his son Kevin, a video series for America’s Test Kitchen. He lives in Seattle with his wife Catherine. Kevin Pang is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. At America’s Test Kitchen, Kevin is Editorial Director for Digital and host of the podcast, Proof. Kevin was previously a restaurant critic at the Chicago Tribune and founder of the website The Takeout. His documentary, For Grace, premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and later streamed on Netflix. Follow the Pangs on Twitter at @TestKitchen.
Thea JamesThea James (she/her/hers) is one half of the maniacal duo behind The Book Smugglers, a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi and fantasy book review blog. Thea is Filipina-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Japan. She is a full-time book nerd who works in publishing at Penguin Random House for her day job and currently resides in Marlboro, New York with her partner and their rambunctious cat. She is the author of geek and pop-culture focused cookbooks Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (September 21, 2021), The Unofficial Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Cookbook (August 15, 2023), and Drinking with Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (October 17, 2023). Follow her on her website, thebooksmugglers.com, or on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @booksmugglers and on TikTok @theajreads.
La TerceraGina Apostol is the author of the novels Insurrecto, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, Bibliolepsy, and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. She is the winner of two Philippine National Book Awards, the PEN/Open Award, and the Rome Prize. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Leyte, in the Philippines.
Straw Dogs of the UniverseYe Chun is a bilingual Chinese American writer and literary translator. Her debut story collection, Hao, was longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is also the author of two books of poetry, Travel Over Water and Lantern Puzzle; a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree in the Sea; and four volumes of translations. A recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and three Pushcart Prizes, she teaches at Providence College and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
LootTania James is the author of the novels The Tusk That Did the Damage and Atlas of Unknowns and the short story collection Aerogrammes. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Guernica, One Story, A Public Space, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @taniajam
ExcavationsHannah Michell grew up in Seoul. She studied anthropology and philosophy at Cambridge University and now lives in California with her husband and children. She teaches in the Asian American Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter: @HannahMichell
Michelle YoungMichelle Young currently works as a branch manager in the Hawaii State Public Library System. She has served on several book award committees for the American Library Association, including the RUSA Notable Books and Reading List Council and the ALSC Newbery and Caldecott Awards. Michelle graduated with a MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2008.
Mott StreetAva Chin is the author of Eating Wildly, winner of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International M.F.K. Fisher Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and Saveur. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Institute for the Humanities, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is an associate professor of creative nonfiction at the City University of New York.
Almost BrownCharlotte Gill is a bestselling and award-winning writer of fiction and narrative nonfiction. Ladykiller, her first book, was the recipient of the Danuta Gleed Award for short fiction. Eating Dirt, a tree-planting memoir, was a #1 national bestseller in Canada. Her work has appeared in Vogue and Hazlitt. Gill teaches writing in the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of King’s College and is the Rogers Communications Chair of Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She lives in British Columbia, Canada. Follow her on Twitter @charlotte_gill
One Long Listening: A Memoir of Grief, Friendship and Spiritual CareChenxing Han is the author of the widely reviewed Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists (North Atlantic Books, 2021) and One Long Listening: A Memoir of Grief, Friendship, and Spiritual Care (North Atlantic Books 2023). She is a regular contributor to Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and other publications, and a frequent speaker and workshop leader at schools, universities, and Buddhist communities across the nation. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hemera Foundation, the Lenz Foundation, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Follow her on Twitter @chenxing_han
Oh My Mother!Connie Wang is a journalist, writer, and editor. Previously she led Refinery29’s editorial team as executive editor, where she explored how race and status inform our culture and politics. She has won three Front Page Awards and has written for outlets including the New York Times. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she was born in Jinan, China, raised in Minnesota, and lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @conniewang
Lalitha NatarajLalitha Nataraj is the Social Sciences Librarian at California State University, San Marcos. She holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. Lalitha also spent several years as a public librarian championing the inclusion of diverse materials in children’s and teen library collections. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, critical information literacy, and South Asians in librarianship.
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